Monday, August 5, 2013

Will there be a Martha Stewart Halloween magazine in 2013?

All signs point to "yes!"  From June 16, 2013:

"To follow Martha Stewart, even briefly, is a test of endurance. On a recent afternoon, Ms. Stewart wrapped up posing for a photo shoot for Martha Stewart Halloween magazine at her company’s Manhattan headquarters, as makeup artists briskly wiped glitter off her cheeks and disassembled her fairy-godmother bouffant. She hopped off her makeup chair and sprinted into the neighboring studio to check on a Martha Stewart Weddings cover photo shoot featuring $50 million worth of engagement rings. "

Yes, I know new ideas are getting harder and harder to come by, and the last MS Halloween mag (in 2011) was mostly a re-run of previous magazine articles/ideas, but I get excited to get that new mag in my hand every year.  Last year was just saddening.  I couldn't believe they couldn't come up with something new to justify another magazine, but it gave me hope that this year would have plenty of new ideas.  We'll just have to see if the MS minions have been hard at work for the last two years.  Regardless, I'll probably buy the 2013 edition anyway.  I'm a sucker for a Halloween mag.

Grandin Road Halloween!

First of all, I love the Grandin Road Halloween preview videos!  They do an amazing job on atmosphere and getting you in the mood to haunt--of course, by this time, I'm already in the mood to haunt.

Second, the videos help me pretend that all my guests will come in fabulously appropriate costumes.  For me, the holiday is about being scary, not slutty or funny or distasteful.  I can only hope that someday, all my guests will pander to my whims.  Three years ago,  I had a Yoshi and a D*ck in a Box (NSFW).  I had specified to come in a scary costume, preferably something with a vintage feel, and even gave a link to what I was hoping for.  I said I wanted a Halloween party like adults celebrated before it became all commercial and geared for children.  Okay, it was probably commercial then, too, but not like it is now.

Anyway, once again Grandin Road has a few must-haves, but I'll wait for the 50% off emails to arrive.  What?  You didn't know they do that?  Oh, but they do!  Last year I got the 6' and 5' tall mummies and Venetian Victoria for half-off.  I got something else on sale, too, but just what escapes me just now.  So sign up for their emails!  Right now, if you take a survey, you get 20% off your first order, but it's only good through August 7--not nearly enough off or nearly enough time to ponder your first purchase.  At least, not for me.